Kootenay Living
Opportunity knocks if you are looking for an investment with cash flow potential, a new life in retirement or recreational property for yourself. Smaller and more charming than some of BC’s bustling destination cities – the East Kootenays is a must-see for those dreaming the dream.
Cranbrook is located in southeastern BC between the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Range of the Columbia Mountains. Residents of Cranbrook and the surrounding communities of Kimberly, Fernie, Invermere and Creston enjoy spectacular landscapes, hot summers, mild winters, and activities available all year round.
The Shadow Mountain Opportunity
Where your home course is just outside your door. With spectacular views, dramatic elevation changes and immaculate greens and fairways, Cranbrook BC’s Shadow Mountain is a golf experience second to none.
The 7,405 yard Cooke Carlton design (2009) is an incredible 18-hole championship-style golf course that features several elevated tee boxes and fairways that meander through local pines. The course offers unique bent grass tees and fairways and greens which allow for pristine conditions.
The feature hole #17 is an elevated tee box, par 5 of 606 yards from the championship tees, it is not only picturesque but provides a playful challenge. This hole is aptly named The Monster!
Quick Facts:
1. Cranbrook is home to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital
2. Post-secondary and continuing education at the College of the Rockies
3. The Canadian Rockies International Airport
4. A summer-long Farmer’s Market
5. Annual & local festivals, unique restaurants, shopping, pubs, and more
6. Recreation options including world-class biking, hiking, and walking trails
7. Kimberley Alpine Resort, a major ski destination
8. A golfers paradise with Shadow Mountain Resort and 7 other courses within 30km
9. Indoor arenas, fitness centres, and a bustling event calendar.

For more information contact us using the form below or email nina@ninaparente.ca
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Hope is never a good strategy


If you are placing your trust in markets on the ability of central banks and governments to invisibly/independently coordinate these powerful twin levels of fiscal and monetary policy – well that’s a big ask. Can the global economy really recover without fiscal and monetary policies being played harmoniously together? Can the global economy be redirected to address all the multiple challenges like climate change, income and social inequality, and the rest unless monetary and fiscal policy are used effectively by grown ups to lever economies?

I’m asking a rhetorical question – you know it’s happening, but you don’t know how effectively. That depends on the quality of government, and the quality of central bankers. Worries me. It should probably worry you.

Policy uncertainty is a key risk for markets. The big concerns come from the various factions of the market who perceive multiple potential policy mistakes – like runaway debt to pay for fiscal stimulus driven by “god-damn socialist” spending and tax programmes, or the debasement of currency though overly easy monetary stimulus.  Much of that noise is politically driven – but if often rooted in common sense.

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What’s the DL on VM ?

With so much computing hardware in use around the globe, it is only prudent to use all that hardware in the most efficient way possible, after all, the gear is not free and it all requires space and maintenance, also not free. One way to increase hardware efficiency is to use Virtual Machine (VM) technology, and in a nutshell VM is a way to run a virtual computer within an actual computer.

Virtual Machine(s) are typically files, often called images, that run separately from everything else on the computer. The VM’s can have their own operating system, can be used for beta testing new applications, can be used to inspect and test infected code, and any other operation that benefits from being on its own. VM’s can be “sandboxed” in the host computer, meaning that they cannot interact in any way with any other part of the computer, so there is no code / instruction that can escape to, or tamper with, the host hardware.

It is possible to run several VM’s inside the same computer as long as the hardware is robust enough. For servers, VM’s can run multiple operating systems side-by-side typically using “hypervisor” software to manage them. Desktop computers would typically use the host operating system to run the VM operating system in a program window. Each VM provides its own “virtual” hardware, such as CPU, memory, hard drives, network interfaces etc, and the virtual devices are mapped to the real hardware when it is safe and/or advantageous to do so.

VM’s can provide a safe environment for testing and development, trying things out that could be dangerous on an actual, non-sandboxed computer. A good way to perceive development on a VM is “what happens in the sandbox can be kept in the sandbox”. But there are more uses for VM that have significant benefits in the production environments of many businesses. Not everything in a VM has to be confined to the VM if pathways to business operations are developed and implemented carefully.

An example of using VM technology to achieve higher efficiency in computer operations is to dedicate VM’s to specific business operations, such as EMAIL, WEBSITE, and ACCOUNTING. If each of these business functions normally has a dedicated server, there may be unused capacity in each server dedicated to each function. Using VM technology, each of these business functions can be given its own protected space in the available servers, and by dynamically adjusting that space, computing resources can be more efficiently utilized. A certain amount of “intelligence” is built into the VM and host environments to ensure the most efficient deployment of all computing resources.

With VM technology, companies may be able to significantly reduce costs, by having fewer servers and/or desktop machines to get all the work done.

There are several companies making great progress in VM technology, and this market space is poised to experience large growth within the next 12-24 months. We just sent our Trend Disruptors Premium subscribers a new recommendation in the VM space and are offering that recommendation to Money Talks subscribers (see below).

The Trend Disruptors team is currently monitoring another 20+ stocks for potential inclusion in the TD Premium portfolio.  The performance of the Trend Disruptors Premium portfolio has been excellent, averaging a 28% gain on all closed positions.

New Recommendation: VMWare Inc (VMW.NYSE)

VMware, Inc. provides software in the areas of hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, modern applications, networking and security, and digital workspaces in the United States and internationally. It offers compute products, including VMware vSphere, a data center platform, which enables users to deploy hypervisor, a layer of software that resides between the operating system and system hardware to enable compute virtualization; and cloud management products for businesses with automated operation, programmable provisioning, and application monitoring solutions. It also provides networking and security products and services that enable customers to connect and operate their network; and storage and availability products, including data storage and protection options. In addition, it offers VMware Cloud Foundation, a platform that combines its compute, storage, and networking technologies with cloud management into an integrated stack and delivers enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for private and public clouds. Further, it provides hybrid cloud computing solutions, such as VMware Cloud Provider Program, VMware Cloud Foundation, and VMware Cloud Services; computing solutions, such as Workspace ONE that delivers and manages any application on any device by integrating access control, application management, and multi-platform endpoint management; pivotal cloud foundry, pivotal labs, and heptio, as well as pivotal application and pivotal container services; and VMware Carbon Black Cloud platform, AppDefense, and VMware Workspace ONE platform. The company sells its products through distributors, resellers, system vendors, and systems integrators. VMware, Inc. has strategic alliances with Amazon Web Services to build and deliver an integrated hybrid solution; and SNC-Lavalin to provide digital collaboration platform for project delivery. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. VMware, Inc. is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies Inc.

The stock of VMWare has been stagnant since December 2018 and the main reason for that stagnation is that Dell Technologies owns over 80% of the company. But come September, we expect Dell to sell its share of VMWare and we want to own shares now because, once the spin-off is announced, we expect the value in VMware to finally be unlocked.

Wall Street projects VMware will grow sales by 8–10% over the next four years. And it has above average gross margins of about 82%. We believe VMWare will surpass Wall Street’s sales and free cash flow estimates.

ACTION: BUY Stop for VMWare (VMW.NYSE) at 145.20 meaning only buy VMW if it trades at 145.20 or higher. If BUY Stop triggered, initial SELL Stop at 131.50.00. Buy up to 152.00

Trend Disruptors is offering Money Talks subscribers a special rate of $399.95 for a 1 year subscription to the TD Premium service, a $200 savings. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

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The cost of not paying attention to risk can be extraordinarily high


In today’s market, the majority of investors are simply chasing performance.

Ultimately, investing is about managing the risks that will substantially reduce your ability to “stay in the game long enough” to “win.”

Robert Hagstrom, CFA, penned a piece discussing the differences between investing and speculation:

“Philip Carret, who wrote The Art of Speculation (1930), believed “motive” was the test for determining the difference between investment and speculation. Carret connected the investor to the economics of the business and the speculator to price. ‘Speculation,’ wrote Carret, ‘may be defined as the purchase or sale of securities or commodities in expectation of profiting by fluctuations in their prices.’”

Chasing markets is the purest form of speculation. It is just a bet on prices going higher than determining if the price paid for those assets is a discount to fair value.

Historically, such sentiment excesses from around short-term market peaks, not investable bottoms.

Investors miss that while a warning doesn’t immediately translate into a negative consequence, such doesn’t mean you should ignore it.

“There remains an ongoing bullish bias that continues to support the market near-term. Bull markets built on ‘momentum’ are very hard to kill. Warning signs can last longer than logic would predict. The risk comes when investors begin to ‘discount’ the warnings and assume they are wrong. 

It is usually just about then the inevitable correction occurs. Such is the inherent risk of ignoring risk.’”

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Protecting the environment was easier when we were richer. Providing opportunities to marginalized people was easier when there were more jobs. Holding our politicians and officials accountable was easier when they did less ruling by decree.

~ William Robson, CEO, CD Howe Institute

Will “Santa Claus” Visit “Broad & Wall”

As we start moving into the last two weeks of the trading year, investors everywhere are hopeful that “Santa Claus” will visit “Broad & Wall.” 

The actual Wall Street saying is that “If Santa Claus should fail to call, bears may come to Broad & Wall.” The Santa Claus Rally, also known as the December effect, is a term for more frequent than average stock market gains as the year winds down. However, as is always the case with data, average returns are sometimes different than reality.

Stock Trader’s Almanac explored why end-of-year trading has a directional tendency. The Santa Claus indicator is pretty simple. It looks at market performance over a seven day trading period – the last five trading days of the current trading year and the first two trading days of the New Year. The stats are compelling.

As I said, while it is a very high probability that stock prices will climb, there is a not-so-insignificant 24% chance they won’t. Such is why we want to analyze the technical backdrop to minimize the risk of “getting a lump of coal.”

However, let’s first analyze the “Santa Claus Rally.” CLICK for complete article